HOPE: A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. A feeling of trust.
Such a fascinating word, and an even more fascinating concept.
We all have such HIGH HOPES for the coming year, HOPING that it will be better, safer, happier, less restrictive, more collaborative.
We HOPE to one day soon, make up for lost time, celebrate slighted birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and sadly, the funerals and celebrations of lives we had to do in isolation.
Some days are only tolerable because of the HOPE we have for things to get back to normal.
We are HOPEFUL that the vaccine will turn the tide.
We HOPE local business will survive.
As Believers, our HOPE is more specific…
It is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness.
David, during a season of exile, wrote in Psalm 16, “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in HOPE.” David’s isolation was not due to a pandemic, but there was a virus of hate and resentment and violence that threatened his life constantly. With confident expectation, he chose gladness for his mind, body and spirit.
The Israelites, from Adam to Malachi, were told by the prophets of the day when the God of Israel would come to earth, take flesh upon Him, and become their Savior and Redeemer. This was their Messianic (anointed) HOPE:
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.“ Isaiah 9:6
Paul, who was jailed and beaten and exiled and rejected encouraged us to “be joyful in HOPE, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
We, as a people, have been here before. Or worse. It may not have been COVID, but it had the feeling of hopelessness, isolation, confusion, discouragement, fatigue. Sound familiar?
Just as those feelings were some of the same we are feeling now, SO IS THIS THE SAME:
GOD is our HOPE.
His Son came as our HOPE.
The salvation He provided is our eternal HOPE.
HOPE. Our everlasting expectation and desire for the return of Christ, and until then let us live according to this prescriptive instruction:
“Now may the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13